Thursday, September 18, 2008

Ike's aftermath in Kentucky and the Bird Fair

I felt bad enough for all the people who had to suffer through the hurricane, the damage, and evacuations in Florida and Texas. After seeing the after effects that stretched all the way to Kentucky, I simply can't imagine how bad things must have been further south. The winds here were in excess of 70 mph, hundreds of miles from the coast, for goodness sake!

We live in western Kentucky and Ike blew down telephone and light poles, knocking out electricity in literally thousands of homes here. We were without power for a day and a half, but I'm not even going to gripe about it because I think there are still some peoplein the dark now. An old TV antenna tower blew over and bent to the ground, which is okay because the husband had been planning to get rid of it anyway. Our patio table blew into the bricks and smashed, and we have huge limbs all over the place. We're all fine, thrilled to have the lights on again, and glad not to be hurt.

On a happier note, look what followed us home from the Bird Fair we went to last weekend in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

We're hoping this parrot will play nice with our 10-year-old Green Cheek Conure. The new one is 2-year-old Senegal parrot that was looking for a permanent home, so here he is! He is very sweet but hadn't had very much attention before he came to us. He is making great progress and after only 5 days , he/she takes food from our hand, let's us pet his head and back, and will step up on a stick. I haven't been bit for about two days, so my fingers are in one piece as I type. LOL We ordered a DNA test to find out whether the parrot is a boy or a girl, so I'll let y'all know how that turns out.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Happy Birthday, Baby Einstein

Today is our Boston puppy's 1st birthday, and Einstein had a really fun day. I still can't believe it's been a whole year since he was born, since it seems like just yesterday. Plus, he still has that adorable little puppy dog face, as you can see.

Above left is a picture of Tiny Einie when he was just one week old. Look at his teeny pink feet and itty bitty ears! To the right is our Lil Einstein at one year old.

He's had a day of extra attention (as if he isn't already used to getting his little butt kissed) with treats and new toys. His favorite presents were the blue Kong Wubba and a stuffed toy that is made to look like a roadkill squirrel!

Sunday, September 07, 2008

Pow Wow and Grandparents Day

My weekend was busy but fun.

Saturday we went to the 21st annual Trail of Tears Pow Wow in Hopkinsville, KY. The park is on one of the actual campsites the Cherokee used during their forced march in 1838. Talented dancers, beautiful regalia, the scent of authentic fry bread, and the haunting music of the drum, flute, and singers makes this a special event.

Today is Grandparents Day, so if you didn't call your grandmama, go running to the phone and do it now! The kids and I visited with my grandparents this morning then stopped by my folk's house. It was fun and my grandparents enjoy having a day in their honor.

Our first week back to homeschool has gone really well, and I'm just about back in the swing of the school schedule.